Artist to Watch: Bailey Howard

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Zeva Carruth

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     Many talented performers and artists walk the halls of Glenwood Springs High School (GSHS), bringing new energy and life to the school through their enthusiasm for the arts. One artist in particular, Bailey Howard, happily contributes to GSHS through her two greatest passions, theater and dance.

    The 17 year old has been perfecting her technique for the past eleven years and some of her very first memories are of performing.

    Howard has grown to become a leader and role model within the drama community after growing up devoting her time to pursuing theater and dance. Howard admitted that when she isn’t in the theater, she is “usually in the dance studio,” constantly putting in work to become the best she can.

    Howard has been involved with the GSHS drama department for 3 years now, and has moved up the totem pole by putting in substantial work outside of school.

    Howard was in the local musical production of “RENT” this summer, and played a lead role of Mimi Marquez.

    She recalls the role with a very accomplished feeling: “I got my first lead role and it was Mimi Marquez in RENT, and that’s been one of my dream roles for the longest time.”

     Her role as Mimi Marquez really pushed her to improve and refine her acting skills, and it paid off. Howard plays a lead role of Irene Roth in this year’s GSHS musical “Crazy For You”.

    Irene Roth, in the musical Crazy For You, is described by Director, Kate McRaith, as a “really powerful figure” and “very strong and beautiful,” a lot for Howard to take on.

    When asked about her responsibilities as her character, Howard responded with an explanation of how although her character is a lead, she isn’t on stage much.

    Howard continued with a fully positive outlook on her role, even though she isn’t in the spotlight for every scene.

    “I really like being able to watch everybody else on stage. It’s just really cool and very humbling. It’s also cool that I get more of that backstage experience.” says Howard.

    Howard is a big encouragement to underclassmen performers as well. She understands the fear that comes with performing, and wants to provide support to those looking up to her.

    “We do have some kids who have never been in a musical or never had a role before and they’re put in this really scary position to go on stage and be a leader in front of all these people. I feel like it’s really important for them to understand that although it’s difficult, you’re not going to mess it up,” said Howard.

    Later, McRaith gave insight into Howard’s performance improvements and attitude on stage.

“She has really matured and grown into herself. She’s an outstanding actress and is just incredible. She has the ability to really be convincing in what she’s doing and that’s super important on stage,” said McRaith.

    McRaith wasn’t the only one who had great things to say about Howard. Good friend and fellow dancer, Bailey Barnum, is very proud of the actress as well.

    Barnum said, “when I think of Bailey, I think confidence, stage presence, precision, and passion.”

    Barnum was sure to add that Howard also provides a sense of competition in the dance atmosphere, pushing herself to her limits and motivating the other dancers to do the same.

    Barnum said that, “watching [Howard] give her all in class has definitely forced me to step it up a notch and I appreciate that.”     

     Howard has taken time outside dance and theater and has worked hard to graduate one year early, expecting to attend college next year to study photography. The actress says that she “still wants to keep performing” but it might have to be “more on the side.” As Howard chases her dreams, she will be mindful to not forget her roots and still participate in what she loves. Until then, be sure to keep an eye out for her on stage in Crazy For You.

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